Donna Popovich

Executive Director, Human Resources

The University of Tampa

Donna Popovich serves The University of Tampa as Executive Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development, implementation, and administration of comprehensive human resource policies and programs for the University. Donna also facilitates the operation of three auxiliary groups supporting The University of Tampa. Donna is currently Board chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida Benefits Association. She serves on the boards of Society of Higher Education Human Resource Executives, Henry B. Plant Museum, and Friends of Plant Park. She is a member of Leadership Tampa and Leadership Tampa Bay.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

How to Zoom! And how to successfully continue work face-to-face work in a physically distant environment during COVID-19.

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

More focus on wellness, physically and mentally. Also, retirement readiness.

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

Our own Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Association is a member-driven organization that looks to high-value, cost-effective benefits. We have a few recent initiatives designed to improve the well-being of our employees, helping them get the most value for their money.

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

Pharmacy in general and specialty drugs in particular.

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.

Costs

Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​

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Culture

Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.

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Care

Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​

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